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Pillars of 4-H

In Kitsap County 4-H we highly encourage all members complete or participate in what we consider the building blocks of the 4-H program:

  • All animal projects are required to complete these.
  • Clubs may require them of all members as well.

Record Books

4-H Leader Guide to Record Keeping
The 4-H program has a long history of record keeping. The focus reflects the importance of this life skill in our daily lives. Completing a 4-H Record Book is a process where you record project and club work using a standard format.

Benefits of completing a 4-H Record Book:

  • Practice Records Management- Track your activities, events, profits and losses, skill development and learning experiences. In this competency skill you identify, create, classify, archive and preserve records.
  • Reflect on your yearly work- Document your skill development and learning experiences in a written report.
  • Measure your achievements and growth throughout your years in 4-H.
  • Set goals, pursue strategies to meet those goals, and record how you may have had to shift gears in the face of challenges and obstacles.



Educational Display

Education Displays
An Educational Display is an opportunity for 4-H members to convey a message to an intended audience. The amount of time and planning you put into your display will be reflected in the finished product.



Public Presentations

Public Presentations
The Public Presentation Program is one of 4-H’s most beneficial and rewarding experiences. It is the one most often credited by 4-H alumni as having given them an edge above peers in both college and professional careers. It provides a unique opportunity to develop a positive self-concept and poise, gain self-confidence before a group, learn to express ideas clearly, respond spontaneously to questions, and gain subject matter knowledge. Through a progressive series of communication activities, youth learn to express themselves and their ideas.



Community Service

Community Service
“I pledge…my hands to larger service…for my club, my community, my country and my world.” For more than 70 years Community Service has been an important part of 4-H. So has hands-on, learning-by-doing, that we now call experiential learning. When you put those two ideas together appropriately, the result goes beyond a “feel good” experience: service activities tied closely to what youth are learning positively impact learning, and genuinely help the community. Community Service Learning is a form of experiential learning in which youth apply the subject matter they are learning along with critical thinking skills to address genuine community needs. When youth are involved in selecting and planning such efforts, and have structured time to reflect, talk, and write about the actual service activity they are performing the youth learn more, they become more confident about what they have learned, they improve in problem-solving ability, their leadership and social abilities improve, they take more enjoyment in the overall learning experience, they retain the subject matter longer, and they are more likely to volunteer to serve the community in the future. Community Service Learning can be performed individually, or as a group of varying sizes.”

USDA Beyond 4-H Community Service (pdf)